‘Steve Jobs’ box-office stumble may hurt Oscar chances

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Box Office Top 20: ‘Steve Jobs’ Struggles, New Films Bomb.

None of this weekend’s new openers made much of an impact, and one, “Jem and the Holograms,” which made $1.4 million, even got the dubious distinction of having the worst opening ever for a major studio movie released in over 2,000 theaters. LOS ANGELES • Moviegoers this weekend shunned Universal Pictures’ Steve Jobs, a sign that Sony Corp executives may have been right to dump the biopic of the Apple Inc co-founder.

The film directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 2009) generated US$7.3 million (S$10.2 million) in United States and Canadian theatres, about a third of what BoxOffice.com analysts had estimated. The $15 million “Rock the Kasbah” opened in 13th place and earned only $1.5 million, and the expensive Vin Diesel vehicle “The Last Witch Hunter” opened in fourth place with $10.8 million. It cost a reported $70-$80 million to make. “Steve Jobs” also failed to impress in its first weekend in wide release earning only $7.1 million, despite a strong two weekends in limited release, stellar reviews and awards buzz. Sony sold the Steve Jobs project late last year after rejecting the cast and budget the film-makers wanted, a dispute that was revealed in e-mail leaked following a cyber attack.

Poor performances by the new films allowed “The Martian” to reclaim the top spot at the box office in its fourth weekend in theaters with $15.7 million. Its troubled production was drawn out in public, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale passing on the Jobs role and senior Apple executives chastising film- makers for their portrayal of Jobs.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak: Cook described it as “opportunistic”, while Mrs Jobs took to Twitter to praise Walt Mossberg’s review in The Verge which said that it did not reflect the man he knew.

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